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this is a record of my latest projects, things-in-progress, and fun and interesting finds.

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J


friday love note!

The urge to get my art out was so overwhelming that I didn’t even pay attention to the risk.

Beyoncé

How/When/Why did Beyoncé become Beyoncé? A lot of things probably led to her superstardom but I think these words capture something important. I jotted them down after Danielle Laporte posted them on facebook, and I think she paraphrased them from Beyoncé’s movie about herself. I thought the movie was a little…eh…but the album she released more recently, the day after my birthday in December to be precise, I’ve listened to about a billion times. If you spot me in Shanghai bouncing on a corner to an invisible beat while I wait for the light to change, I am probably listening to BEYONCÉ.

My obsession may pass, but there is so much that is inspiring, powerful, fun, honest, playful, and bold on the album. It made me remember when I saw the famous midwife Ina May Gaskin speak years ago. She proposed a strategy for making big shifts for women in the greater culture, to help bring about less violence towards women, equal treatment, ethical birth practices, less body shame. etc. etc. etc. Her idea was to counter all the phallic images scattered around town squares and government buildings by adding giant vagina sculptures to public spaces. The audience giggled a little, but her point is solid. Social dynamics are influenced by so many cues, arts and media and statuary included. At the time I pictured Niki de Saint Phalle-esque sculptures populating our landscapes, but I think something like this album is a kind of big vagina in the town square—in a really great way. It’s got all the usual trappings of a #1 pop album, but the female viewpoint is strong and fierce…that is how it feels to me. (On that note, stay tuned for more MORE WOMEN AT THE MIC posts this year.)

"The urge to get your art out." Let’s keep thinking about that. Some of the young artists I met at Spark Box last summer expressed this sentiment—that they knew they would just do whatever they needed to to get their work out. It really struck me. It’s that simple "nothing to it but to do it" cliche again, isn’t it?  What do you think? What do you want to share with the world so badly that you set your worries, anxieties, and fears aside? When and how will you do that? When and how will I do that? I guess it’s probably 50% scary and 500% awesome. Maybe it’s not just new age nonsense, it might be how awesome things happen. Damn. Okay.

(You know I write these loves notes for you but of course they are for me, too.)

I might, *might* be getting the the end of the road of posting friday love notes every week, so I can make room for other things. I hope you’ve enjoyed them and you can always revisit them using the link in the sidebar. 

Wishing you a sweet weekend!

love, julie

— 2 months ago

#love note  #beyonce  #love  #love notes  #art  #risk  #fear  #niki de saint phalle  #ina may gaskin  #boldness 
artists wanted for interview series

My 1-2-inspire-U artist interview series continues this year. If you aren’t familiar, it’s a through-the-mail interview with artists about their habits and history as artists.  

I’m looking a new batch of artists to participate in 2014.  Might you or someone you know be interested?

How it works:

1. I send you (by post) a set of questions and a mini-zine template in which you hand-write (or draw) your answers

2. You fill it in and mail it back to me—by post (or if it’s better for you—you can scan and email)

3. It becomes a blog post in words and images (see examples) and links to the artist’s web presences.

4. Once I have a collection of 10 interviews, I plan to sell them as a set of mini-zines in my shop…but for sure I’ll send YOU a paper set of the ten in thanks.

If this sounds fun to you, email me your mailing address and I’ll get the questions in the mail to you.

julie AT juliekesti.com

The project is ongoing, so there are no strict deadlines, but you can let me know if you prefer to have a deadline to work under. 

Please share this to anyone who you think might be a good fit & would have fun with it.  Because it is fun. And each interview reveals something different about the creative process…

THANKS!

love, julie

— 3 months ago

#artist interviews  #art  #artists 
#sparkboxstudio #residency #bookarts #art

#sparkboxstudio #residency #bookarts #art

— 8 months ago with 10 notes

#bookarts  #art  #residency  #sparkboxstudio 
If you’re near Picton, Ontario tomorrow or for the next few weeks, stop by and Swap some Art!  sparkboxstudio.com / iceartswap.com. #picton #ontario #art #swap

If you’re near Picton, Ontario tomorrow or for the next few weeks, stop by and Swap some Art! sparkboxstudio.com / iceartswap.com. #picton #ontario #art #swap

— 8 months ago

#picton  #ontario  #art  #swap 
trusting myself to do the work is terrifying and exciting #art

trusting myself to do the work is terrifying and exciting #art

— 8 months ago

#art 
"When you start to think of the arts as not this thing that is going to get you somewhere, in terms of becoming an artist or becoming famous, but rather a way of making being in the world not just bearable but fascinating — then it start to get interesting."
— 10 months ago with 1546 notes

#lynda barry  #art 
in the process of adding stuff to etsy shop, including sweet heart badges!

in the process of adding stuff to etsy shop, including sweet heart badges!

— 1 year ago

#etsy  #art  #hearts  #badges  #painting  #buy art 
coming soon:  love-note-fortune-boxes! // juliekesti.com

coming soon:  love-note-fortune-boxes! // juliekesti.com

— 1 year ago

#art  #fortune  #love note  #coming soon 

somehow i neglected to post this series of plantscapes i finished a few weeks ago.  there’s a lot going on in these drawings—i seem to have plant fever // approx. 15x21 inches each // juliekesti.com 2012

— 1 year ago

#art  #plants  #plantscapes  #julie kesti 
this is one of our building entry guys explaining to Sean what year he was born.  the explanation involved character writing in his palm, gesturing, and notes on paper. in the end it turns out he was born in 1952, a dragon year.
this post is also an excuse to ask you to take a look at my new shop!  if you have a moment, please do, and let me know if it makes sense to you and is enjoyable. 
 it’s a new format for me, so i’d appreciate feedback.  
thanks!

this is one of our building entry guys explaining to Sean what year he was born.  the explanation involved character writing in his palm, gesturing, and notes on paper. in the end it turns out he was born in 1952, a dragon year.

this post is also an excuse to ask you to take a look at my new shop!  if you have a moment, please do, and let me know if it makes sense to you and is enjoyable. 

 it’s a new format for me, so i’d appreciate feedback.  

thanks!

— 1 year ago

#new shop  #art  #door guy  #year of the dragon  #1952 

hearts-in-woods// aug. 2012 // juliekesti.com

hearts are approx. 2ft. by 2ft., I’d say.  on rice paper. 

i will make a heart just for you, by request!  just purchse a $75 artwork in the shop and you are on your way.

— 1 year ago

#art  #hearts  #woods  #i love art  #art for sale 
continuing along with these drawings.  the layers of gouache are starting feel skin-like as i add to them. // july 2012 // juliekesti.com

continuing along with these drawings.  the layers of gouache are starting feel skin-like as i add to them. // july 2012 // juliekesti.com

— 1 year ago

#art  #shanghai  #flowers  #landscape 
Shrimp Flower // 2012 // 7.5 x 10.5”
mixed media on paper
I’ve been making collage-drawings of strange botanical creatures.  I don’t mean creatures like animals, but creatures like oddly morphed plant creations.  My drawing combines with some snippet of city life to bring you a colorful and unusual image.  They are simple, but also layered in a rhythmic way that to me tells a story. They tell me about my attempts to integrate into this giant city.
These drawings are for sale for $30, make your purchase in the shop and let me know which drawing you’d like.
Take a story into your home. 

Shrimp Flower // 2012 // 7.5 x 10.5”

mixed media on paper

I’ve been making collage-drawings of strange botanical creatures.  I don’t mean creatures like animals, but creatures like oddly morphed plant creations.  My drawing combines with some snippet of city life to bring you a colorful and unusual image.  They are simple, but also layered in a rhythmic way that to me tells a story. They tell me about my attempts to integrate into this giant city.

These drawings are for sale for $30, make your purchase in the shop and let me know which drawing you’d like.

Take a story into your home. 

— 1 year ago

#art  #art for sale  #i love art  #juliekesti.com  #plants  #shanghai  #strange  #shanghai stories